Standing next to a god of thunder in a big red cape, a billionaire in a bright red and gold metal suit, and a guy who literally wears the stars and stripes as a uniform, the Avengers' sharp-eyed sniper Clint Barton doesn't look all that flashy in his smart-but-utilitarian outfits. Along with fellow S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff, Hawkeye demonstrated slightly more reserved fashion tastes than the rest of Earth's Mightiest Heroes in 2012 hit The Avengers.
The team will soon be reassembling in the next upcoming Marvel Studios title, Avengers: Age of Ultron, in which they will face off against malevolent AI Ultron and recruit a few new faces to the cause, including Vision, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. Since one of these characters is a robot and another has shocking peroxide-blond hair with dark roots, it's time for Hawkeye to step up his game a little if he doesn't want to end up at the bottom of the style ranks.
We got a good look at the latest costume redesigns in the first set of official stills from The Avengers: Age of Ultron, which included a first look at Hawkeye's winter jacket. In that image, the expert marksman was busy fleeing from an explosion in a snowy forest, but a new behind-the-scenes image published in the latest issue of Empire reveals a more detailed look at Hawkeye's new duds.
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The costume design in The Avengers: Age of Ultron is courtesy of Marvel regular Alexandra Byrne, who won an Oscar in 2008 for her work on Elizabeth: The Golden Age and also designed the costumes for Guardians of the Galaxy, Thor and The Avengers. It doesn't look like much has changed for Hawkeye from the waist down, but his new jacket looks better suited to colder climates while maintaining the same color scheme as the outfit he wore during the battle in New York. It also looks more tailored and slightly less bulky than the jacket he wore in his brief Thor appearance.
The Marvel movies have to be somewhat careful about alienating mainstream audiences with costumes that would look a little too ridiculous when lifted off the page and put into a live-action setting. For example, Scarlet Witch will not be wearing her rather revealing leotard and cape from the comics, and Quicksilver has traded in his clingy one-piece outfit for a slightly more practical blue running top and dark pants.
In Hawkeye's case, his jacket is somewhat reminiscent of Bobby Drake's futuristic freedom-fighting winter wear from X-Men: Days of Future Past. It's a shame that a Marvel/Fox superhero crossover is so unlikely to happen; it would be interesting to see these two superhero teams on the same catwalk.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in theaters on May 1st, 2015.